LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A gay teen who says he’s been subjected to inordinate bullying, says the LAUSD has turned a blind eye to his plight.
James Anthony Scott, who goes by the name Shear, said he was harassed and bullied as a student at the Daniel Pearl Magnet School.
On Friday, at a news conference attended by Shear and his attorney — Gloria Allred — the student said he’s been subjected to taunting, gay slurs and physical abuse. He also said his life was threatened.
Allred announced that Shear was filing a lawsuit against the school district for failing to protect him.
Shear said the abuse began when he stuck up for a student with autism who was also being bullied.
Shear said he repeatedly went to school administrators for help but got nowhere.
“I felt like I was put down, ignored and at times even mocked by the LAUSD administrators and personnel. The students continued and it got worse,” Shear said. “I was spit on, I was shoved and tripped.”
Allred said Shear was forced to change schools and is now seeing a therapist.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.